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Email - RLLBURNS@GMAIL.COM

Phone or text: 902 431 9377

Cacuete & Mestre Azeitona

Grupo De Capoeira

Dendê - Halifax

Mestre Azeitona

 

about capoeira and our group

Capoeira is a beautiful Brazilian art form that mixes elements of martial arts, dance and music. It has existed for centuries and originally evolved out of the diverse African cultures present in Brazil as a result of slavery.  

 

In the context of colonial Brazil, Africans and the descendants of Africans created the ritual of capoeira as an expression of old traditions, as a joyful pastime and as a form of cultural resistance against oppression and racism. 
 

In a capoeira game two players exchange expressive, competitive movements to the sound of Afro-Brazilian percussion (berimbau, pandeiro, atabaque) and call and response songs sung in Portuguese. 

 

Training capoeira combines the skillful development of the body, with an immersion in the cultural and musical language of Brazil; Learning about capoeira teaches students a story of strength, creativity and resistance all intertwined with the African Diaspora. 

 

It offers something to absolutely everyone, no matter the age, level of experience, or physical ability.
           

Grupo de Capoeira Dendê was founded in Halifax in 2005 by Mestre Azeitona and Professora Paula. Their goal (along with their friend Mestre Fabinho Cuencas of Dendê do Recife - Ottawa) has always been to further develop capoeira in Canada and to emphasize the style and culture of their home: the province of Pernambuco in Brazil's Northeast.

 

Since 2007 the group’s work in Halifax has been led by their long-time student Cacuete (Ross Burns), now a veteran of more than 11 years teaching capoeira.

In 2019 Dendê Halifax is active giving performances and workshops, as well as weekly classes for students of all levels. Come try!

 

SCHEDULE

Monday

Wednesday

Friday

Saturday

7:30 - 9:00 pm

8:00 - 9:30 pm

7:00 - 8:30pm

12-12:55 pm

Citadel Community Centre

Citadel Community Centre

At the North end of Citadel High School, between the Commons & Citadel Hill in Halifax
At the North end of Citadel High School, between the Commons & Citadel Hill in Halifax

Citadel Community Centre

*Kid's Class*

At the North end of Citadel High School, between the Commons & Citadel Hill in Halifax

*Beginner's Class*

1-2:00 pm

Citadel Community Centre

At the North end of Citadel High School, between the Commons & Citadel Hill in Halifax
*next session 9 Nov - 14 Dec*

* Everyone is always welcome! M,W,F classes run all year (with a break during August). Fall 2019 class schedule runs through until the 18th of December.

* No experience necessary to join (M,W,F classes for ages ~12 years and up).

* No equipment needed. Just bring pants and a t-shirt to train in. We mostly train in bare feet, but light sneakers are an option.

*The cost is $15 for a single class or buy a punch card ($70 for 5 classes) or an unlimited month of classes ($100/month). 

* Kid's class for 6-9 year old runs in 6 week sessions; Next session starts 9 November 2019 through 14 December. Proceeds supports youth programs in Brazil. Suggested donation $72 for 6 classes. No child turned away for lack of funds. Please get in touch for info and availability.